In news just announced of the club’s website, Scunthorpe have said that they have ironed out a deal with Wigan to take Latics striker Craig Davies on a permanent deal until the end of the season.
30-year-old Davies, who was born in Burton-upon-Trent, is a much-travelled striker who has previously turned out for 15 clubs prior to signing for Scunthorpe who are his 16th club in a career that stretches back to coming through the Manchester City network.
He left Manchester City in a free transfer move to Oxford United at the start of the July 2004 summer transfer window, a move that 18 months later saw him sign on for Italian side Hellas Verona for a fee thought to be in the region of £100,000. However, he only featured once for the Italians in a 31 minute Serie B game against Brescia, only featuring one more time on the bench that season.
That episode of his career saw him on loan to Wolves and Oldham Athletic, who finally saved him from his Italian nightmare with an £85,000 capture and bringing back to English football. A series of other loans in the lower leagues ended with Chesterfield capturing the eight-cap Wales forward on a free transfer before selling him to Barnsley for around £650,000 a year later.
It was the 24 goals in 43 appearances for the Spireites from July 2011 to January 2013 that convinced Barnsley to spend big on Davies. In fairness to the 6ft 2in forward these goals have continued for sides he’s signed for since: 19 in 64 appearances for Barnsley, 11 in 58 for Bolton and five in 17 for Preston.
The goals have tried up somewhat at Wigan though, with only three goals in 44 appearances for the Latics, but League One leading scorers Scunthorpe have taken the plunge with the Welshman, hoping that his experience and goal potential will see them safely through to promotion to the Championship at the season’s end.
Scunthorpe say that he joins and will be in contention for today’s home game against Bury, where he will be kitted out in the #28 shirt for the Iron.